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    the best stealth tarp?

    Given I live in the southern Appalachians, what would be the best color and pattern for a stealth tarp? Take into account winter where there is little green. Thanx for your input

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    I've always thought coyote brown tarps were pretty stealthy. As far as patterns go, you'd be tacking away from silnylon, unless you wanted to make your own sil.

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    drab brown, with a pattern of branches/(zebra stripes?) done in sharpie marker; dark brown, black and gray; you want to look like a brush pile, or a blown down tree. And always camp uphill from the trail, if you have a choice.

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    Deer are brown for a reason, brown tends to blend well with groundlitter (dead leaves, etc.)
    Scott Littlefield has some digicam for sale.
    I used a similar patterned fabric and they blend in well.
    Ambulo tua ambulo.

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    I've seen about a dozen different color tarps all hung up at a group hang. It was agreed the most stealthy was the black tarp
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    It's less about color than shape...those straight edges and square corners don't occur very often in the natural world, and stick out like a diamond in a goat's butt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    ... and stick out like a diamond in a goat's butt.
    Uhhmmm sure. ...allrighty then... moovin' on...


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    Quote Originally Posted by oldgringo View Post
    It's less about color than shape...those straight edges and square corners don't occur very often in the natural world, and stick out like a diamond in a goat's butt.
    That was great! A true wordsmith!

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    The Claytor Diamond Fly deserves a mention. The camo tends to break up the straight lines fairly well. As for winter; up here a brown tarp sticks out like a turd on a white rug . For uses in the snow I find that light grey works well. It blends well enough in the fresh pure snow and even better in dingy snow or brush.
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    I'm glad someone already started this thread because I've been wondering the same thing myself. It doesn't seem likely any tarp would be stealthy in both 3-season and winter. In the southern Appalachians, you'd probably need a winter tarp in a drab grey and a 3-season tarp in a good camo pattern or a brown. Of course, Old Gringo's advice about tarp shape would apply in both cases too. I'm looking for a good camo pattern tarp right now.

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